Category Archives: Rowing

British Indoor Rowing Championships 2012

After 18 months of rowing, weight training and plenty of eating, finally the day had arrived to see what I was made of.

Nottingham University was the venue for the British and European Indoor Rowing Championships.
After a good 30 minutes warm up I was ready!

I attacked the first 500m hard, then settled down into a good rhythm for the middle 1000m. Finally I upped my stroke rate and smashed the last 500m finishing 10th overall in a new lifetime best of 6:27.1

It was another fantastic achievement and another insight into training for such a short explosive, anaerobic event. I managed to gain 35lbs in the 18 months through strength and conditioning myself with the right training and nutrition and gained very little fat.

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OJ gets a new personal best in Cardiff

With nerves, apprehension and adrenalin all beginning to kick in, I sat down on machine no.2 in preparation for the pain that would suddenly kick in with 500m to go.

After the words READY, ATTENTION, ROW….I was off

After a frantic start of trying to get the flywheel moving I soon settled into a steady pace. The middle part was tough because I knew that pushing too hard would end up in me crashing hard.

With 350m to go I started to up my pace and was pulling 1:36/500m finishing strong and managed to finish with a time of 6 mins 31.2 secs

Next events are the English Indoor Rowing Championships in Manchester on February 12th 2012 and the British Indoor Rowing Championships on March 25th.

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The Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships

Saturday December 3rd is the first of 3 major indoor rowing events over the next few weeks.

The distance is 2000m. Power, strength and muscular endurance are all required in order to get you through.

After completing 2 marathons in 2 weeks last year I decided to dedicate the next year to building myself back up in terms of weight, muscle and power and try to improve on my performance in 2008’s British Indoor Rowing Championship.

26th October 2008 British Indoor Rowing Championship (NIA – Birmingham)

On Sunday 26th October 2008, Owen will be taking part in the British Indoor Rowing Championship which is the world’s biggest indoor rowing race and the largest indoor sporting event in the UK, with over 2,000 competitors racing at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham over the course of just one day. It takes place in a high-octane environment with races going on throughout the day where competitors race up to 2,000m in the quickest possible time, and it provides a stage for indoor rowing enthusiasts to test themselves on a national level and assess their own performance and progress.

This will be Owen’s fourth time as he tries to beat his personal best of 6:35.1 which he recorded in 2004.

Owen said, “Its a tough distance, you have to get the pacing right.¬†Go out too hard and the last 500m are shear hell!….once I see 200m to go I will be going all out!”

“Its an amazing event with participants ages ranging from 14 to 90 years”………I enjoy trying to beat my own previous personal bests but especially competing against and beating people who have been rowing for years!”

A special mention and message of good luck goes to Stephen Murray who will be competing for the first time. He has made tremendous progress this year and will be looking for a time around the 7:18 mark.